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‘More than one national language will not threaten security’

‘More than one national language will not threaten security’ IKRAM JUNAIDI Writers and language experts take part in the discussion during the symposium at PAL on Monday. — Dawn ISLAMABAD: Decision makers should know that having more than one national language will not pose a threat to national security, and …

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Book festival in Gwadar

Editorial – Dawn News LITERARY, film and theatre festivals are now very much an essential part of the cultural calendar of Pakistan’s metropolitan cities. Throughout the year, such events take place in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, where literati gather to discuss the questions of the day and artists display their …

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It’s time India changed the foreign policy calculus with Pakistan and China

Kanwal Sibal If Donald Trump’s election and his robust views on Islamic radicalism have raised the possibility of tougher US policy on Pakistan’s terrorist affiliations, China’s increasing obduracy in shielding Pakistan from Indian and international pressure on terrorism is a thwarting reality. Pakistan has been adept at playing the dual …

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Islamic State has gained a foothold in Pakistan – and the government allowed it – William Dalrymple

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country. Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, …

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Restoration of Sassanid-era Qa’leh Dokhtar castle projected

TEHRAN – The ancient Qa’leh Dokhtar castle in the southeastern province of Kerman is projected to undergo restoration. The provincial Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department has allotted 10 billion rials (about $265,000) to implement the restoration plan, CHTN reported on Sunday. Situated on a mountain slope neighboring the Firouzabad-Kavar …

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Apologia

  ZARRAR KHUHRO — IN keeping with the title of this piece, I’ll start with a pre-emptive apology of my own: I’m sorry if anything written here happens to hurt national security, democracy or your feelings. I’m sorry that this piece and countless others like it even have to be …

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Time for Pakistan to walk the talk on Afghanistan

Time for Pakistan to walk the talk on Afghanistan Ashraf Jehangir Qazi If there is no peace and stability in Afghanistan, there will be no peace and stability in Pakistan. Afghanistan has suffered from external interference and intervention of one kind or another throughout its history. It continues to be …

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The gates of hell

The gates of hell CYRIL ALMEIDA — BUT why has it happened? They’re bellowing at Afghanistan, screaming blame and abuse. But the louder they yell, the more insistent the question: how have they managed to get it so wrong? Let’s talk about the boys a bit. The wave, this fresh …

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What is behind terror attacks in Pakistan now?

What is behind terror attacks in Pakistan now? Rana Jawad February 18, 2017   A spate of audacious terror attacks claiming over hundred lives across Pakistan has left minds baffled as to what is behind it, after a relative calm in last two years. The Islamic State ISIS or Daesh …

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America is fast running out of patience for Pakistan

America is fast running out of patience for Pakistan Trump’s counterterrorism agenda means Islamabad won’t get away so easily anymore with harboring and helping terrorists. Pakistan is running out of friends in Washington. Recent publications by influential U.S. experts, Congressional testimony by officials and signs out of the Trump administration …

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